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Archive for December, 2008

15 Steps to Writing an Impressive Non-Fiction TV Proposal

Your written proposal is possibly your first – maybe your only – shot at impressing a commissioner so it’s important to capture their attention for the right reasons. Take the time to get it right.

How to Get Your Idea in Front of a Commissioner

You might have the best idea in the world, but if you never pitch it, it will never get commissioned. But getting your idea in front of a commissioner can be the most challenging part of the process.

Top Buildings

Cool Hunting has picked out its favourite architecture of 2008, including an arts centre that looks like a football, a cafe that looks like a shipping container and a pop-up hotel that looks like it would go down a storm at Glastonbury Festival.

Living Under Las Vegas

I’d heard of the people living in NYC’s subway tunnels, but this is the first time I’ve heard of people living in tunnels and storm drains under Las Vegas. In Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas Matthew O’Brien goes underground to chart the history of Las Vegas and the […]

DIY Famous Photographs

Flavorwire‘s Adda Birnir and the aptly named Tom Starkweather (although he appears to have bottled out of starring in the crucial McGinley pic) have re-enacted famous photographs – Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #21, Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, Philip DiCorcia’s Mario, Richard Avedon’s Marilyn Monroe and Ryan McGinley’s Running Fireworks – and helpfully give instructions […]

Profile: Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel is looking for high definition wildlife, history, pop culture and music programmes.

Seven Reasons a Commissioner Will Reject Your Idea

Your commissioning editor needs to be reassured that you have the necessary skills and experience to make the programme you are proposing or they will reject your idea, no matter how good it is.

Trend Spotting Newsletters You Should Subscribe to if You Want to Generate New TV Ideas

Harness the might of the marketing and advertising industries to help you spot ideas for factual TV programmes.

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